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721  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga 2 - Why all the hate? on: June 01, 2007, 02:44:48 PM
Quote from: "Persona2007"
The only thing I did not like about Xenosaga 2 was it's reception.  Had Xenosaga 2 been a smashing success they would have been able to produce the 6 part series they originally intended.  It seemed that 3 was rushed after 2 and it left the series in a lackluster state compared to what it could have been.


Honestly I think shortening the series was the best thing they could have done for it storywise. III was great because it was forced to move the plot. None of this 'The masked man is a scrub who died in the first 5 minutes, even though you were sure he was Kevin. We're saving that one ^^ '. You don't need 6 games to tell a story. Maybe if it was several generations with KOS MOS and chaos staying key players, but just Shion & co? The story over 6 games would have sucked hard. Probably starting with the UNM terrorist plot they skipped over that would have been 3.
722  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Is anyone else just plain tired of Tetsuya Nomura? on: May 29, 2007, 12:49:39 AM
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But the one guy I'm getting sick of more than anyone else in the JRPG realm is Motoi Sakuraba.


Seriously. He's got 3 types of songs now. 'Ok' ones that remind you of his earlier stuff, but not as good. Bad. And that one dungeon theme in SO3 that actually pisses you off and forces you to mute the TV.
723  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Heroes returns on: May 24, 2007, 12:50:21 PM
I just watched the season over the last week and I really loved it. I'm kinda wary of a second season though. Obviously there's room for more plot in the grand scheme of things, but what about characterwise? The characters story's were the best part of the show, but

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Despite about half the cast being shot or exploding(And you know they'll all be fine, except maybe Nathan) it seems like their stories were pretty much told for the most part. Hiro found some strength, Nathan put what was right first, DL and Niki saved Micah(And Niki's personality stabalized. Or if Jessica actually IS Jessica she stepped down for her sister), Bennet and Clair reunite. Granted not much going on with Parkman(Once he's out of the hospital) and Mohinder, but while I liked them both Parkman just seemed along for the ride and Mohinder's role really felt dimenished after his big confrontation with Sylar.

So what do you do with the characters when they've all found themselves and reunited with their families? I hope they had a bigger plan for the characters from the start, because if they just plan on making another season from scratch I don't think it'll be able to live up to the first.


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I don't think it's actually his father, I think they were just going for Kensei being his ancestor. Other than that I wouldn't look too much into the scene as anything but some comic relief to end the season off.
724  The Rest / General Discussions / Wii outsells PS3 4 to 1 on: May 20, 2007, 03:45:24 AM
Quote from: "Masamune"
Wii is outselling the PS3 4 to 1, but it's also outselling the 360 2 to 1.  Shit, the PS2 is outselling the 360 even.


 Well, that's a bit of a unfair comparison though, as much as I'd like to see nintendo be top dog again. Being out a year sooner than the other systems a lot of people who wanted one got one long before sony and nintendo went head to head.
725  Media / Single-Player RPGs / What to play next? Suggestions? on: May 16, 2007, 09:03:26 AM
Quote from: "Deadlynymph"
I know this is a dumb way to start a first post but why is everyone calling Xenosaga 3 Xenogears 3?  Its not Gears, its Saga.


I probably did it because the original poster did it. And I'm sticking to that story :P
726  Media / Single-Player RPGs / What to play next? Suggestions? on: May 14, 2007, 08:04:51 PM
Zelda and PS4 first. As someone who didn't play PS4 until maybe two years ago I can say that barring the graphics it's aged incredibly well. Grandia comes distant 3rd for having a story that will make you puke, but otherwise being a fun game to play.

Xenogears...well it's a odd case. I would recomend xenogears 3 right after zelda, or at least have it tied for number two with PSIV. It was actually a pretty damn good game. There's just one little problem in that you'd probably want to play 2 first as the games are directly related. And actually that problem is not so little as XG2 has the worst battle system I've ever seen in a rpg. The combo system is kinda cool and I'm all up for taking a few turns to power a super attack and all now and then, but the problem is you MUST use it to do any worthwhile damage, even on non boss battles. So it's have each character boost 3 times and just sit there getting your ass kicked for 9 turns, attack repeat. It's excuricatingly bad.

If you're willing to read a summary or find some videos of 2's CS's you might be able to get some enjoyment out of 3. Though I'd feel a bit odd myself going into such a plot heavy game skipping 2. But regardless, avoid actually PLAYING XS2 at all costs.

Haven't played the other games on your list except PSII...hasn't aged well at all, skip it.
727  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Well that's surprising.. on: May 12, 2007, 10:54:25 AM
http://www.playonline.com/ff11eu/altana/index.html

Really seemed like ToAU would be the last FFXI expansion. Seemed like it was, well on it's last legs. Though part of that could just be opinion even before I quit the last expansion seemed to just feel like the final with how slowly the plot was being dragged out. I guess while in previous expansions the plot didn't move slow, it did move. ToAU plot just kinda seemed like foreshadowing to real plot, even a year after release.

Anyway, for the teaser video, it's mostly just clips from what's currently in the game. What it does show seems like the past, which I think could be pretty cool if the past is deep enough(That is if they're not 'dungeons' and you get to see the whole world). MMO's just don't evolve what's currently in them do to the nature of things and that could be a big way to get around that if did right.

Still, I think it was really time for a new MMO in the same world.




Edit-Obligatory zomg mithra >^_^<
728  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy IV remake for DS on: May 11, 2007, 01:47:09 AM
Quote from: "Sapphire_Fate"
FFIV was far more mature than V, and almost as mature as VI


Possibly moreso. FF4 was just filled to the brim with drama, though perhaps in a medium that couldn't convey it all that well. It's way off from 'lighthearted'.
729  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Final Fantasy IV remake for DS on: May 10, 2007, 08:10:54 AM
I can't help but thinking 'Again?' Yet despite that, since it's a remake and not just another port with a mediocre bonus dungeon tacked on I can't wait for it. Nostalgia mixed with something new at the same time is a great combination.
730  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Death Note on: May 02, 2007, 07:25:12 AM
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Maybe Near and Mello will prove sufficient substitutes,


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They're really crappy replacements. It should have ended with L dying. Or him winning instead. Or dying AND winning somehow or another. Whatever, Mello and Near suck and things start to drag on besides afterwords. Still, without spoiling it the ending delivers and it's worth sticking around for.


Oh and everyone needs to see this- http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=233
731  The Rest / General Discussions / Pet Thread (not safe for dialup, if you still have it) on: May 02, 2007, 05:56:11 AM
Jimmy's dogs always win these threads. It's not a competition..but they do :P I like Yoda, the cat that looks like he's doing a rude gesture and the goat too though.

Sadly I'm allergic to both cats and dogs, even though I love both. My asthma, which is normally practically nonexistent becomes severe around dogs(And I grew up with a yellow lab in the house and tried to downplay it because, well, he was my dog.) Cats aren't so bad, they'll make me sneeze and if I'm not sure to wash my hands after petting one my eyes will swell up if I rub them later on. A dog will make me regret being around him unable to resist playing with him. The cat allergies on the other hand seem worth the price if I'm around one. If they'll LET me near them anyway. Cats are dicks :P
732  The Rest / General Discussions / Awesome. on: April 30, 2007, 05:29:54 AM
Well, I don't know about the ending, but I'll forgive it, because this is amazing. http://www.joystiq.com/2007/04/18/battle-of-the-fps-titans-samus-vs-master-chief/
733  Media / Single-Player RPGs / suikoden V does it get better? on: April 20, 2007, 01:21:52 PM
I think one of the big reasons people like V is it's similarities to I and II. They basically de-evolved the series with V to be more like the earlier games. I don't think this is nessasarily a negative thing, as I loved suikoden V. But if you didn't like the early games, or never played them, then I'm sure V loses something.
734  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / World of Warcraft OH MY GOD CURRENT EVENTS THREAD on: April 13, 2007, 03:12:08 PM
Warrior's fury tree looks to have really gotten the shaft. At 35/5/21 it doesn't affect me though. Meanwhile revenge is buffed to 400-500(!) damage and devastate attacks with both hands when dual wielding to help with soloing. They want me to go back to my old protection spec, and I just may if things go through.
735  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Wild Arms Vth Vanguard on: April 07, 2007, 02:04:11 AM
Millenia dying and not dying didn't seem to get to me. I guess because when someone dies in a game(Or tv, or a move, or a book) I very much assume they aren't dead. It's not until the end that I think 'wow, that person's really dead?'. Of course by that point it's to late for any emotional reaction. Being bait and switched too often killed most death scenes for me.(Although Tidus swimming at the end of FFX after dying ruined the ending for me. It was really a beautiful ending followed by "Jus' kiddin', he's fine') What got me more with Grandia was this...

Quote from: "Alisha"
i didnt think the millenia thing was that big deal because millenia was in fact a side of elenas personality.


It annoyed me that if Millenia a repressed part of Elena's personallity that they stayed seperate. Millenia should go back into Elena to make a balanced personality. And they don't, just so the player can imagine Ryudo coming back from his journey and picking whichever the player thought was hotter. That just came off as throwing story asside for fanboys. What's worst is both of them waiting desperately for him to come back for her when, if you're going to stay two people, he can't choose both and someone's going to be devastated.

Then again as I'm one not to make 'myself' the main character, I kinda get the impression that Ryudo probably wouldn't come back for either of them :P
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